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Christie’s to Offer $20 Million Freud Portrait this March in London

January 28th, 2022

Christie’s has an impressive Lucian Freud portrait of his former lover Janey Longman for its March sales in London, expected to fetch between £10 million–£15 million ($13.4 million–$20 million). “The dexterous handling of the paint sumptuously brings every detail of the sitter’s body into sharp focus,” Katharine Arnold, head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s Europe, said in a statement. “The gentle framing of her pose within the composition seems to invite the viewer closer still, a witness to this moment of contemplation.”
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Art Basel Hong Kong Postponed

January 28th, 2022

Art Basel will delay the opening of its Hong Kong fair until May following a recent surge in Covid cases.  “We believe shifting the fair to May is the right decision given the current development of the pandemic and its impact on international travel restrictions,” says Adeline Ooi, Art Basel’s Director Asia. “By taking the decision early, our aim is to support our galleries in advance planning for their 2021 programs. We very much look forward to hosting our show in May next year and to welcoming gallerists, collectors, and art lovers back to Hong Kong at that time.”
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Vito Schnabel Buys Chelsea Exhibition Space

January 27th, 2022

Vito Schnabel has purchased the Chelsea exhibition space that he has been renting. “It’s an incredible space with amazing light. The artists love it and embrace it as well,” he says. “Chelsea has always been a special neighborhood for me, and I’m happy to be a part of its fabric.”
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Whitney Releases Artist List for 2021 Biennial

January 27th, 2022

The Whitney has released a 63-artist list for its upcoming Biennial, which will open this April, under the title “Quiet as It’s Kept.” “The Whitney Biennial is an ongoing experiment, the result of a shared commitment to artists and the work they do,” curators David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards said in a statement. “While many of these underlying conditions are not new, their overlapping, intensity, and sheer ubiquity created a context in which past, present, and future folded into one another. We’ve organized the exhibition to reflect these precarious and improvised times. The Biennial primarily serves as a forum for artists, and the works that will be presented reflect their enigmas, the things that perplex them, the important questions they are asking.”
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Charles Ray Profiled in NYT

January 27th, 2022

Charles Ray gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to open a new show at The Met. “The pace and rate at which Ray works are important,” says Hamza Walker, the director of the nonprofit art space LAXART in Los Angeles. “It’s perverse on the one hand; he could sit with something for 20 years.” Ray, he observes, “distills down what we think we know, and it somehow becomes resonant, and produces reflections that show there’s so much more here than you know.”

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Stuart E. Eizenstat Profiled in NYT

January 24th, 2022

A piece in the New York Times profiles Stuart E. Eizenstat, the diplomat and lawyer who has long advised on the process of restituting Nazi-looted art, and who will now take on his first court case seeking the return of an allegedly looted Camille Pissarro. “No self-respecting government, art dealer, private collector, museum or auction house should trade in or possess art stolen by the Nazis,” he says.

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Yves Tanguy Work Thought Destroyed Rediscovered

January 24th, 2022

A Yves Tanguy work long thought destroyed during a raid by a fascist mob has been rediscovered and restored. She said: “We were able to do different types of imaging and analysis and demonstrate that it was the original work that had been put back together again,” says Professor Jennifer Mass, an American conservation scientist.

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Samara Golden Interviewed in NYT

January 24th, 2022

Artist Samara Golden gets the profile treatment in the New York Times this week as she opens a show of new work at Night Gallery in LA. “The piece speaks to the art history of Southern California because of its viscerality,” says Night Gallery founder Davida Nemeroff.

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KAWS Launches Exhibition in Fortnite Video Game

January 18th, 2022

KAWS is launching an online exhibition in the video game Fortnite, as well as one at London’s Serpentine Gallery. “Being able to create works,” the artist says, “and the version that I’m viewing in Brooklyn is the version you could be viewing in India, I just started to get really obsessed with the opportunities within that.”

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Pissarro Work, Formerly Nazi Loot, Heads to US Supreme Court

January 17th, 2022

A Camille Pissarro work looted by the Nazis will head to US Supreme Court to hear a case over its ownership, as the descendants of Lilly Cassirer Neubauer sue for the painting’s return. “This has been three generations of the Cassirer family trying to take back what is theirs,” says attorney Stephen Zack of the US law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

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New York – Giorgio Griffa: “The 2000s” at Casey Kaplan Through February 26th, 2022

January 27th, 2022

Giorgio Griffa, Dittico lieve odulaato (1996), via Casey Kaplan

On view at Casey Kaplan this month in New York, the gallery has unified a series of works created by the Italian artist Giorgio Griffa, creating a near-past retrospective that explores the artist’s work over the last 20 years throguh a selection of seven paintings. This exhibition marks the fifth iteration in a series of exhibitions focusing on the artist’s practice by decade, continuing a conceptual exercise that has offered concise but attentive looks at his work over the course of his career. Read More »

Paris -Matias Faldbakken, “Beaten Ink, Upset Brick, Downcast Charcoal” at Chantal Crousel Through February 5th, 2022

January 26th, 2022

Matias Faldbakken, Beaten Ink, Upset Brick, Downcast Charcoal (Installation View), via Chantal Crousel

Marking his first solo exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel, artist Matias Faldbakken brings together a series of installations that unify drawings from 2017 to 2021 alongside a series of various groups of lacquered bricks, some locally sourced, others originating from Norway. The artist, who has often explored notions of antagonism and conflict, charging his works with a sort of disruptive, confrontational energy, here turns that notion towards the act of drawing itself. Read More »

New York – Chris Martin at Anton Kern Through February 26th, 2022

January 25th, 2022

Chris Martin, Gold Teeth for Lance De Los Reyes (2021), via Anton Kern

On view this month at Anton Kern Gallery in New York, artist Chris Martin presents a body of new works that continue the artist’s luminous, colorful approach towards the painted canvas, and the continued relationships of scale that flow through so many of the artist’s works. On view on the first floor of the gallery space, a series of large-scale canvases and a smaller painting made in tribute to the late Lance De Los Reyes, present night skies, washes of color and surreal moments of explosive energy in a set of explorations of energy and space.

Chris Martin, Seven Pointed Star (2018-2020), via Anton Kern

Images and depictions of the cosmos are a uniting thread among all of the paintings: inky night skies, planets, constellations, stars, and moons, continung a relationship between deep space and the landscapes in the near field. The artist, who has long drawn inspiration from time spent in the Catskills, where he would follow patterns and movements in the land and its wildlife, here takes those same iconographies and applies them towards unique expressions of space.

Chris Martin, Untitled (2019-2021), via Anton Kern

The influence is clear in all of these new works, a number of which were painted in his Catskills studio. The five paintings in the gallery’s back atrium are all atmospheric skyscapes—some seeming to directly depict the constellations and night sky of the open woods and fields. It is not only nature found in these works, but the influence of Brooklyn, music, and pop culture are also evident—in Telescope Sphinx in Outer Space, for example, Martin’s painted galaxy is populated by collaged images of Greta Garbo as the Sphinx, sailors, mushrooms, frogs, birds, musicians, and pot leaves—among others—creating humor and play in the cosmic heavens.

Chris Martin, Telescope Sphinx in Outer Space (2019-2021), via Anton Kern

Martin’s work has long negotiated this peculiar space between the spiritual, the natural, and the pop cultural ether that seems to hold and envelope so much of his approach towards the image. Rather than place these notions in opposition, his pieces here present a fusion of all inputs, a harmony of inspiration that seems to place the distant vistas of outer space, the internal reveries of solitude, and everything between, on equal footing.

The show closes February 26th.

– D. Creahan

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London – “What Do You See, You People, Gazing at Me” at Sadie Coles Through January 29th, 2022

January 19th, 2022

Georgia Gardner Gray, Gustav (Tired) (2021), via Sadie Coles

On view this month at Sadie Coles’ Kingly Street location, the gallery has compiled a range of works in both two and three dimensions that deal with the body and space, politics and class, race and identity, all through a range of approaches and executions. Drawing together work by Natalie Ball, Kevin Beasley, Georgia Gardner Gray, Tau Lewis, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Simphiwe Ndzube, Agata Słowak and Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, the show brings together a range of perspectives that make for an engaging, enervating project.

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Paris – Yves Laloy: “VISION” at Galerie Perrotin Through March 12th, 2022

January 18th, 2022

Yves Laloy, Untitled (1956), via Perrotin

On view this month at two of Galerie Perrotin’s Paris exhibition spaces, artist Yves Laloy’s work gets an expansive and exploratory review, marking the first major exhibition since a 2004 retrospective at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes. Unifying a series of private loans for the show, the exhibition marks an unprecendented look at the architect-turned-painter and his kinetic, colorful painterly constructions. Read More »

New York – Robert Gober: “Shut up.” “No. You shut up.” at Matthew Marks Through January 29th, 2022

January 17th, 2022

Robert Gober, Waterfall (2105-2016), via Matthew Marks

This month in New York, Robert Gober makes his return to Matthew Marks Gallery, bringing forth new drawings and sculptures made from a wide variety of materials including wood, resin, acrylic paint, cotton fabric and running water, all the works in the exhibition were made in Gober’s New York studio over the past five years. A continuation of Gober’s expressive and illusory body of work exploring politics of the body, memory and time, his most recent show presents a series of new constructions running along similar conceptual avenues.

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New York – Chris Daze Ellis: “Give It All You Got” at P•P•O•W Through February 12th, 2022

January 14th, 2022

Chris Daze Ellis, Is This Seat Taken? (2020), via PPOW

On view this month in New York, P·P·O·W has compiled a body of new works by Christopher “Daze” Ellis, the longtime graffiti writer and painter who came up among a new generation of taggers who began their work during the late 1970’s, and who would be among those who earned early recognition by the New York gallery scene during the 1980’s. Combining a selection of significant works from the 1980s and early 1990s with a series of new paintings and sculptures, Give It All You Got chronicles a lifelong dedication to portraying the lifeforce of New York City and commemorating those who were a part of what it once was. Read More »

New York – Louisa Gagliardi and Yves Scherer at Eva Presenhuber Through March 5th, 2022

January 14th, 2022

Yves Scherer, Le Cerisier (2021), via Eva Presenhuber

On view this month at Galerie Eva Presenhuber’s New York outpost artists Yves Scherer and Louisa Gagliardi present separate bodies of work unified by the gallery space, creating a subtle and enigmatic discourse on reality, perception and culture. Across a set of sculptures and paintings, the show is a striking meditation on the two artist’s work, and the unexpected but compelling linkages between them.

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New York – Paul Chan: “A drawing as a recording of an insurrection” at Greene Naftali Through February 16th, 2022

January 13th, 2022

Paul Chan, A drawing as a recording of an insurrection (Installation View)

In 2021, a mob of protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol, creating a wealth of now enduring images of a country in the midst of political and cultural strife. The images, something of a modern media collage, were at times surreal and unsettling, at others comical and bizarre, underscoring the United States’s modern crossroads of political and social identification. These images became the inspiration for artist Paul Chan, whose work A drawing as a recording of an insurrection, a massive double-sided illustration interpreting the day’s events, is on view now at Greene Naftali.

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New York – Arturo Kameya: “En esa pulga se mezcla nuestra sangre / In that flea, our blood mixes” at GRIMM Through January 15th, 2022

January 12th, 2022

Arturo Kameya, Fleas dream of buying themselves a dog, but dogs just want to go to outer space (2021), via GRIMM

On view at GRIMM this month in New York, artist Arturo Kameya presents a body of works unified under the title En esa pulga se mezcla nuestra sangre / In that flea, our blood mixes. Featuring a range of new works that expand beyond the narratives explored in the artist’s multimedia presentation currently on view in Soft Water Hard Stone, the New Museum Triennial, the show continues Kameya’s investigation of the plasticity of history and time, revisiting events and narratives through perspectives that are at times contradictory, and through the lens of the personal memories of his upbringing in Lima, Peru.

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